undercurrents 2024

Call for Submissions / Appel de candidature


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undercurrents is Ottawa’s festival of contemporary theatre and will be taking place February 7-17, 2024. At this time we are seeking submissions from the following artists:

  • French and English Ottawa based stage-ready productions for the 2024 festival  (3 SPOTS AVAILABLE)
  • French and English National stage-ready productions for the 2024 undercurrents festival (1 SPOT AVAILABLE)
  • French and English Ottawa based “Discovery Series” works in progress under 45 mins (2 SPOTS AVAILABLE)

The festival will consider applications from established and emerging artists who are working on new plays and performance pieces, as well as from those touring previously produced original work.

We encourage submissions from under-represented artists who identify with the organization’s Priority Groups: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour) Artists, Deaf Artists and Disabled+ Identified Artists, Immigrant and Refugee Artists, 2SLGBTQ+ Artists.

Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year but artists wishing to be considered for the 2024 festival must submit their information on or before June 9, 2023. Applications received after this date will be considered for future festivals. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

In addition to the online form, we ask all artists to submit:

  1. A proposal describing the project, its history, and the participating artists (maximum three pages)
  2. Biographies/CVs of lead artists
  3. A script sample or completed script
  4. Additional support material (optional): tech specs, reviews, photos, or letters of support

If the form is not accessible for you, we will also accept alternative formats. Alternative applications could be a video (English, French or ASL) or an audio file. Please limit videos or audio files to no more than 10 minutes long. You may then submit your application by email to director@ottawafringe.com.

Have questions before submitting? Want to learn more about undercurrents?

Check out our undercurrents FAQ document.

Or schedule a call / book a meeting with Ottawa Fringe Executive Director, Alain Richer.

All submissions are due June 9th, 2023.



undercurrents est le festival de théâtre contemporain d’Ottawa, qui aura lieu du 7 au 17 février 2024.

En ce moment, nous sollicitons des propositions de la part des artistes suivants:

  • Productions françaises et anglaises basées à Ottawa prêtes à être mises en scène pour le festival de 2024 (3 PLACES DISPONIBLES)
  • Productions nationales en français et en anglais prêtes à être présentées au festival undercurrents 2024 (1 PLACE DISPONIBLE)
  • Travaux en cours de moins de 45 minutes en français et en anglais de la série “Découverte” basées à Ottawa (2 PLACES DISPONIBLES)

Le festival examinera les candidatures d’artistes établis et émergents qui travaillent sur de nouvelles pièces de théâtre ainsi que celles d’artistes qui tournent des œuvres originales déjà produites.

Nous encourageons les candidatures d’artistes sous-représentés qui s’identifient aux groupes prioritaires de l’organisation : Artistes BIPOC (Noirs, indigènes, personnes de couleur), artistes sourds et artistes handicapés+, artistes immigrés et réfugiés, artistes 2SLGBTQ+.

Les candidatures sont acceptées à tout moment de l’année, mais les artistes souhaitant être considérés pour le festival 2024 doivent soumettre leurs informations au plus tard le 9 juin 2023. Les candidatures reçues après cette date seront prises en compte pour les festivals à venir. Les candidatures seront examinées au fur et à mesure.

En plus du formulaire en ligne, nous demandons à tous les artistes d’envoyer:

  1. Une proposition décrivant le projet, son historique et les artistes participants (trois pages max.)
  2. Les biographies et CV des artistes principaux
  3. Un échantillon du scénario ou un scénario achevé
  4. Des documents complémentaires (facultatifs) : spécifications techniques, critiques, photos ou lettres de soutien.

Si le formulaire n’est pas accessible, nous acceptons également des formats alternatifs. Il peut s’agir d’une vidéo (en anglais, français ou LSQ) ou d’un fichier audio. Veuillez limiter la durée des vidéos ou des fichiers audio à 10 minutes maximum. Vous pouvez ensuite soumettre votre candidature par courriel à director@ottawafringe.com.

Avez des questions avant de soumettre votre candidature? Vous voulez en savoir plus sur undercurrents?

Consultez notre FAQ.

Ou prenez rendez-vous avec le directeur exécutif du festival Ottawa Fringe, Alain Richer.

Toutes candidatures doivent être envoyées au plus tard le 9 juin 2023.

Apply Now / Postulez maintenant

undercurrents Shows FAQs

There are two categories of shows included in undercurrents festivals. Further FAQ information can be found here.

1) Mainstage Shows

These shows typically run between 50-80 minutes (though exceptions can be made) and are usually performed in the Arts Court Theatre, a 130 proscenium theatre space. Each show is guaranteed 3 performances during the run of the festival. That said, we are fans of theatre pieces that defy form, space and time so if your project doesn’t adhere to what we’ve mentioned above – apply anyways!

Each show will be paid a guaranteed presenting fee. The festival will also offer travel support and per diem (to cover accommodations) to national artists and free rehearsal space at Arts Court to local productions. In addition, the festival will provide marketing and promotion for the production; box office, venue, and venue services staff; as well as technical staff and support.

Note that all ticket revenue returns to the festival. Tickets are sold following a tiered “Pick Your Price” model.

2) Discover Series

Discovery Series productions are new short works-in-progress or live art/ installation pieces, typically running 30 minutes in length (and maximum 45 minutes in length). They are performed in our Atelier Theatre, a 40-50 seat black box space. Each show is guaranteed 2-3 performances during the run of the festival.

Each show will be paid a guaranteed presenting fee and will have access to free rehearsal space at Arts Court. Travel support may be available to Discover Series shows on a case by case basis. In addition, the festival will provide marketing and promotion for the production; box office, venue, and venue services staff; as well as technical staff and support.

under development is the Ottawa Fringe’s new play development program, inviting local artists/collectives to work on their new creation pieces in residence at Arts Court for a year.

under development offers rehearsal/creation space and access to professional development opportunities, workshops, and Fringe resources. under development artists have access to administrative, dramaturgical, production and technical support from Fringe staff. When funding permits, under development artists will also be offered an honorarium to support the project.

Participants have the freedom to create based on their own process and timeline, with access to resources on an as needed/requested basis. under development participants meet regularly with Fringe staff and as a group for updates and to share their work.

*Please note that we will not be accepting new under development participants at this time. While we will continue supporting artists and productions currently participating in the program, we are re-thinking and redeveloping under development. This is a temporary hiatus – we look forward to sharing how this program will move forward in the future.